This year we decided we were going to make homemae gifts for Christmas.. This might sound intimidating at first. I can hear the groans.. ” But I don’t have the time!”. I think you do and will find the time.
Here is a short list of things anyone can make in a very small period of time.
1. A gift basket ( one can purchase cheaply at any Dollarstore), one can include things you might already have in your home, such as homemade jams, herbs you grew over the summer, popcorn, muffins, brownies, homemade cookies, teas, or chocolates, even plants! Ever get a banana bread in a jar?
2. Tins of popcorn: I am sure, we have a seen those tins at the Big Box Stores that sell anywhere from $8.00 to $10.00.
3. If you are a crafter, why not make homemade earrings, broaches or bracelets for the ladies on your list. If you crochet, make some doilies or make quilts, why not make a pillow sham or tablecloth for a gift using material leftover from another project. Even better why not make a picture frame or tissue holder box cover. How about a homemade Christmas ornament? If anyone makes candles, there is another option, scented candles in a variety of scents. Gloves, socks or slippers that are knitted or crocheted will certainly be appreciated on those cold winter nights.
4. The ladies on your list would love some bath bombs or as they are often called bath snowballs. There are a variety of sites that contain directions on how to make these. Homemade bubble bath or bath oil made from any leftover herbs would be a great gift.
5. These ones are for the men. Homemade BBQ sauces are easy to make and take me on average about 5 minutess to prepare. Those of you with wine and beer kits why not put those to good use and give those as presents. You can personalize the labels for each person on your list.
6. What about the animals? I found several recipes for organic cat and dog treats that only require time to mix and bake. Dog and cat toys are quite easy to make. Use organic catnip for the cat toys and honeysuckle for the dog toys. Cakes appear to be the latest trend for our pets. The internet has a great deal of information on these, just ensure the ingredients are safe for your animals. Getting back to the knitter and crafters, a dog sweater or collar for your dog buds is a good idea. Dog beds or cat beds can be given as gifts as well if one has the materials to do so.
7. Yes, we cannot forget the kids: popcorn, cookies and chocolates will certainly be appreciated but in moderation.
8. The picky one on your gift list. We all have one of those, don’t we? Make them a homemade Christmas card or make them a caramel dip for apples. Maybe the wine might be best with this one. If all else fails chocolate gets them almost every time.
Some other ideas include: Homemade journals or photo albums can be quick projects for gift making
Have fun 🙂